Stacy Hartman

portrait: Stacy Hartman


Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education

Stacy Hartman did her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied modern German literature and feminist theory. In 2005 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and spent the 2005-2006 academic year living in in the northern German city of Lübeck, teaching in a local high school and learning to love marzipan. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in German Studies with Distinction at the University of Manchester, where she studied (among other things) Turkish-German literature and literature of dictatorship, and wrote her M.A. thesis, entitled "At a Crossroads between Paris and Moscow: Latin America, Sinn und Form, and the Socialist Republic of Letters 1949-1981."

Stacy's dissertation, as yet untitled, looks at the cognitive principles of mind reading and mind blindness in relationship to empathy in 20th century literature. Her other current research interests include the broader use of cognitive science in literary study (especially cognitive metaphor theory), the literature of exile and dictatorship, and gender and sexuality in literature and film. She also has an ongoing interest in the construction of ideology and ethics in children's literature and popular culture.


"‘A Romance with One’s Own Fantasy’: The Nostalgia of Exile in Anna Seghers’s Mexico." Edinburgh German Yearbook, Volume 3: Contested Legacies: Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR. Ed. Matthew Philpotts and Sabine Rolle. New York: Camden House, 2009.

Recent Presentations

"'False Leads and Cold Cases': The Insolubility of History in Michael Chabon's The Final Solution," Vanderbilt University, German Studies Graduate Student Conference, March 2012.

"White Ribbons and Purifying Punishments: The Metaphoric Construction of Morality in Das weiße Band," Stanford University, German Studies Colloquium, March 2012.

Teaching Experience


English as a foreign language. Germany, Ecuador, and the United States.

At Stanford:

German 1-3. German language first year courses, taught in German. Responsibilities included helping intermediate and novice speakers advance to the intermediate-mid level in German; use of the textbook Deutsch: Na Klar!; use of multimedia, including films, online videos, computerized oral and written exams. Concentration on oral proficiency. 2011-2012.

German 21. Reading short stories, and review of German structure. Discussions in German, short compositions, videos.

Professional Activities

2010-2012 Co-founder and Student Coordinator of the German Studies Forum, Stanford University

2011-2013 Student Coordinator, Assessing Graduate Education Project, Stanford University

  • Responsible for implementing the "DLCL Graduate Student Survey," which looked at best practices across the six DLCL departments, and then writing the report for the survey. This led to vigorous and productive debate.

2012 Steering committee member, DLCL Graduate Student Conference: Urban / Jungles, Stanford University

2012-2013 Student Coordinator, Teagle Project: Faculty and Graduate Student Collaboration, Stanford University

2012-2013 Intern, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University

  • Helped launch the VPGE's Facebook page and contributed to their evolving social media projects and policies
  • Organized a series of talks from people in alternative academic careers around the university

2012-2013 Student representative, Graduate Academic Committee, Stanford University

Book Reviews

Jaimey Fischer and Barbara Mennel, ed.: Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture." The Modern Language Review, Volume 107, Number 1, 1 January 2012, pp. 324-326.

David Clarke and Renate Rechtien, ed.: The Politics of Place in Postwar German: Essays in Literary Criticism." The Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Number 2, 1 April 2011, pp. 605-606.

Axel Goodbody, Pól Ó Dochartaigh, and Dennis Tate, ed.: Dislocation and Reorientation: Exile, Division andthe End of Communism in German Culture and Politics. In Honour of Ian Wallace." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 3, 1 July 2010, pp. 923-925.

Katharina Gestenberger: Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 2, 1 April 2010, pp. 608-609.


2008 University of Manchester M.A.

2005 University of California-Santa Cruz B.A.

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